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    Johnny Damon was told Monday by the Detroit Tigers that he had been claimed on waivers by the Boston Red Sox, but the outfielder said he was mulling over the move.

    Damon, 36, has until Wednesday afternoon to decide whether he will go to the Red Sox, for whom he played from 2002 to 2005. Damon has a partial no-trade clause in his contract and Boston, where there were hard feelings by fans after he bolted for the New York Yankees, is one of the clubs he can veto.

    Strasburg to the DL

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    Washington Nationals rookie right-hander Stephen Strasburg is headed to the 15-day disabled list because of a strained tendon in his throwing forearm. The move will be made Thursday.

    Strasburg will have an anthrogram test on the arm because a team doctor did not like the results of an MRI exam done Sunday.

    Marlins finances divulged

    The Florida Marlins made big profits with baseball's smallest player payroll in 2008-09, and team President David Samson says the income was needed to ensure being able to borrow money for a new ballpark.

    Team financial statements acquired by Deadspin.com show the Marlins netted $49 million during the two seasons, with operating income of $37.8 million in 2008 and $11.1 million 2009. Samson didn't dispute the figures during a conference call.

    The Marlins had the lowest player payroll in the majors both seasons — $22 million in 2008 and $37 million in 2009.

    Florida's new home is expected to open in 2012. Total cost of the project is estimated at $609 million, with the Marlins paying more than $120 million.

    Former umpire Davidson dies

    Satch Davidson, the plate umpire when Hank Aaron hit home run No. 715 on April 8, 1974, to surpass Babe Ruth as the all-time leader at the time, has died. He was 75.

    Davidson's family said he died Saturday at his home in Houston. The family did not give a cause of death.

    Davidson spent only three years in the minors before getting hired as a National League umpire in 1969. A bad back forced him to retire after the 1984 season.

    Dodgers extend agreement

    The Dodgers announced a two-year extension of their relationship with the Albuquerque Isotopes of the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

    Earlier this month, the Dodgers signed four-year extensions with Ogden, Utah, of the rookie-level Pioneer League, Great Lakes (Midland, Mich.) of the Class-A Midwest League and Chattanooga, Tenn., of the double-A Carolina League.

    The team is still in negotiations over a new deal with Inland Empire of the Class-A California League.

    —Kevin Baxter
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